The Texas Armed First Responder Certification Course was created in 2021 under Texas HB 1069. It is intended to enable on-duty Texas firefighters and emergency medical responders from rural areas to carry a handgun while on duty.
The idea is that first responders in sparsely populated areas may not be able to count on law enforcement backup being readily available.
While anyone with a Texas License to Carry can take the course, only those first responders from qualifying districts will receive the DPS certificate guaranteeing the right to carry on duty.
The law also absolves the government entity from liability but first responders who qualify are required to carry $1 million in liability insurance.
To qualify to carry on duty under this program, first responders must be from a municipality with a population of 30,000 or less or a county with a population of 250,000 or less.
First responders from qualifying areas who take the course receive the DPS LTC-103 Certificate of Training and submit that to the DPS for certification.
Here are course specifics as specified by the Texas Department of Public Safety:
Physical elements of the training include:
This is an intermediate – advanced course where statute requires physical demonstrations of proficiency in techniques learned in training.
If you are interested in this course, please contact Tom Fenton at firstname.lastname@example.org or via cell phone or text to 915.6i37-5442